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David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-847) interviewed by Bonnie Kind and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-847

Videotape testimony of David K., who was born in Praszka, Poland in 1921 and moved to Wieluń at age seven. He recalls his oldest brother's emigration to Palestine; German bombing of their home; fleeing to Piotrków Trybunalski, then Radom; Germans burning Jewish books and scrolls in Bełchatów; returning home; forced labor clearing bombing rubble; deportation to Poznań; slave labor building roads in Loebau, Żabikowo, and Kreising for Organization Todt; transfer to Kreuzsee, then Eberswalde; slave labor in a munitions factory; assistance from one German guard; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; finding a cousin; assignment to Rajsko, then Buna-Monowitz, working for I.G. Farben; Allied bombings in summer 1944; public hanging in October of three prisoners who had organized an underground; transfer in January 1945 to Oranienburg, then Flossenbürg; a death march to Dachau; liberation by United States troops April 29; returning home; a non-Jewish friend returning family possessions (he continues to stay in touch with her); reunion with his brother who had been in Palestine; living with relatives in Switzerland; emigration to Israel; marriage; living in Switzerland and Ulm; and emigration to the United States. Mr. K. discusses surviving due to luck; a trip with his sons to his hometown; nightmares; and difficulty expressing his feelings in words.

Author/Creator
K., David, 1921-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
March 9, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-847). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.